Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Former Cardiff City striker Jon Parkin has opened up on his relationship with his former strike partner Jay Bothroyd. The pair played for the Bluebirds together in 2011 with Cardiff missing out on promotion to the Premier League after losing in the play off semi finals to Reading.
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Speaking on his podcast, the Undr The Cosh podcast, which is hosted by himself and his former Preston North End teammate Chris Brown, Parkin, now retired, was asked if there were any players that he didn't get along with during his playing career. Parkin mentioned Bothroyd, stating he "just couldn't stomach him".
Bothroyd, now plying his trade in Japan with J1 League side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, was capped once for England during the reign of Fabio Capello. Parkin described to the Daily Mirror, that "this just made him worse- he was just full of his own self importance".
Parkin admitted that Jay Bothroyd was a "decent player" however "the way he carried himself, you'd of thought he'd have won the Champions League four times". Bothroyd, started his career at Coventry City, before spending a season in Italy with Serie A side Perugia. Bothroyd returned to England with spells at Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City before signing on a permanent deal for Cardiff City. Bothroyd's spell at lasted for three seasons, with the hitman scoring 41 goals before moving to Queens Park Rangers.
After a disappointing spell at Queens Park Rangers, Bothroyd moved to Sheffield Wednesday on loan before moving on a permanent deal to Thai Premier League side side Muangthong United. It was a strange move for the striker, as only four seasons earlier, he had been called up for England with the move to Thailand killing any hope of gaining a second international cap. After one season in Thailand, Bothroyd moved to Japan where he has been playing ever since. Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Bothroyd stated "I wanted to play in the Premier League, I want to play for my country and I want to earn a lot of money and I’ve done all three of those".
Despite only spending three seasons at Cardiff City, Bothroyd is held in high regard by Bluebirds fans with the striker keeping in regular contact with Cardiff supporters via Twitter. Bothroyd recently tweeted, expressing his delight that Cardiff are currently ahead of their bitter rivals Swansea City in the 2019/20 Championship season.
Parkin only appeared 11 times for the South Wales side, leaving the club only eight months after joining, heading out on loan to Doncaster Rovers, before moving on a permanent deal to then League Two side Fleetwood Town. Parkin fell out with his former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay, which he explains in detail in his book: "Feed The Beast", with Cardiff City manager being unhappy with Parkin's hefty wages and not being in favour under Mackay. Nine years on, after leaving Cardiff, Mackay had a short stint at Wigan Athletic and according to the BBC, is currently in talks to become the new Dundee United manager.
After joining Fleetwood, Jon Parkin went on to score on a regular basis for a number of Football League sides before announcing his retirement from football while playing for Conference North side York City. Parkin, now 38, is host of the football podcast Undr The Cosh and is also a regular after dinner speaker.
If you would like to listen to the full episode, where Jon Parkin goes into details about his playing career then please click the video below to have a listen.
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